July 2016

Welcome to the July issue of Performance Bikes magazine. In this issue we’ve all gone a little bit crazy for Yamaha’s MT-10. Quite simply, we reckon it is the best-value new bike on sale today. At a quid under 10 grand, there is very little out there that can live with it when it comes to performance or presence. It’s far more than just a fettled R1, and a million miles from a sportsbike lash-up without a fairing. You can read Chris’s breathless report.

As I write this, I’ve just come back from an amazing weekend at the Le Mans MotoGP. It has been an embarrassingly long time since I was at a GP and the noise and amazing riding (especially Lorenzo’s) blew me away, as did the ride there. Sneaking down late on a Friday night I was met with mile-upon-mile of empty Autoroute and the ZZR1400 I’d borrowed obliged with big speed and amazing mile-eating ability.

Everyone at some point in their life needs to experience a massive roadbike with 192bhp and 115lb.ft of torque.

Matt Wildee


Inside this issue...

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The master blaster

Refined with better suspension, brakes and even more grunt, Kawasaki’s 2016 ZZR1400 is still the fastest thing money can buy. Matt holds on for his life...


On a wing and a prayer

winglets have taken MotoGP by storm this season. But many riders and MotoGP bigwigs want them banned. So, what's the big deal?



Yamaha’s XSR900 combines classic looks with cutting-edge tech. But is it any fun? Er, yes, says editor Matt.